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Karela – bitter gourd sabzi

Karela or Bitter Gourd is a staple in my house. We use it everyday in the morning vegetable juice. It is strange that I have never cooked it as a dish before. It turned out so well that there is no going back! Sublime bitter, savory, tart and delicious exploration of senses

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Karela purifies your blood, balances your blood sugar and give you that awesome skin.

This recipe needs the following

  • 4-5 medium sized karela/bitter gourd
  • 2 red onions
  • ½ tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp red chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 sliced tomato
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • salt
  • lemon juice

Grate the peel off the Karela ( i store it for making naan later). Remove the seeds and chop them up. Sprinkle with sea salt and let sit for an hour. Wash the salt off and they are ready to fry.


Heat the oil and add the cumin until it pops, Fry the karela pieces in oil for about 5 mins and then add the slices onions. Fry until the onions look a little brown. Add turmeric, chili, salt and tomato and cook for about 10 mins. At this point you can add mango powder or Lemon juice ( my preference).

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Serve hot with roti or parantha.

Karela Roti

Bitter Melon or Karela known for its bitter taste and for its ability to fight diabetes. Normally I remove the seeds and use this vegetable in juicing, getting all the nutrients. Using it in a bread recipe was a delicious move. You could also fry the bread and make puri’s and serve with dal. I served it with cauliflower and sambar.

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1 cup Bajri flour

1 cup Jowhar flour

1/2 cup whole wheat flour

1 tbsp sooji (semolina)

1tpsp ground flaxmeal ( optional)

2 tbsp besan flour

1 tsp coriander powder

1 tsp ginger powder

1 tsp cayenne powder ( reduce if needed)

Make the dough with all the ingredients in warm water and a pinch of salt.4-photo 1-001

Since this is pretty low in gluten, it make be hard to roll out. You can put the dough balls between plastic wrap to help if needed. 3-photo 4-0012-photo 3 1-photo 2